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Tongole Wilderness Lodge is an exciting new eco-tourism venture deep within the 1,800 km² Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. 30 km west of Lake Malawi and close to Lilongwe the lodge is ideally situated for a weekend away from the city or on route to Lake Malawi. Tongole is the only high-end lodge in the reserve and offers unique wilderness experiences with ecotourism at the heart of the venture. Guests can learn more about the communities living around the Wildlife Reserve and with the profits from the income received the lodge is helping fund local projects focusing on education, conservation, health and economic empowerment.

Tongole Lodge is situated within Nkhotakota Widlife Reserve. Along the banks of the Bua River.


Location More Info

Hotel Address: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota

Getting there

Access to the Lodge is either by vehicle or chartered aircraft. It is only 160 km from Lilongwe Airport (an easy 3hr drive) with a 25 km game drive through the Reserve at the end. There are plans to establish an airstrip within the actual Reserve, however, for now aircraft fly into Illovo Estate’s private airfield at Dwangwa (½ hr flight from Lilongwe) where guests will then be met and driven to Tongole (1½ hrs).

From Nkhotakota Town drive about 12km north on M5 road to Lozi Trading Centre and 800m beyond Lozi is a rough track leading towards the left. Drive 13km on this dirt track up to the junction within the reserve; take the left turn and Tongole Lodge is 22km away. It is advisable to use 4x4 vehicles.